- Exchange money only through authorized banks or money changers.
- Insist on a receipt when exchanging money.
- Retain all receipt when exchanging money.
- Export of most wildlife and their products is either banned or strictly regulated. Export of the few permissible items even as passenger’s personal luggage is allowed only under an export Permit.
- Insist on getting a certificate for the legitimate sale of a particulat animal product and permission for its export to avoid inconvenience on departure.
- Taxis and auto-rickshaws have meters hence do insist on the meter being flagged in your presence.If the driver refuses to co-operate,seek the assistance of a policeman. Always use a pre-paid taxi while travelling from airport to city.
- In addition, the above fares change from time to time and so will not always conform to readings on the metres. To avoid confusion, insist on seeing the latest fare chart and pay accordingly.
- If you wish to visit any prohibited or restricted areas, check with the nearest Government of India Tourist office to ascertain details of the formalities required.
- Check wit the nearest Government of india Tourist office the rules regarding photography at archaeological monuments.
- It is obligatory to cover your head before entering Shikh Shrines.
- In case of any difficulty contact the nearest tourist office or police station.
- Don’t get lured by shopping bargains on the street.
- Don’t exchange money except with an authorized money changer.
- Don’t purchase travel tickets through strangers or Unauthorised travel agents or tour operators.
- Don’t encourage beggars by giving them money or other articles.
- Don’t buy silver/ivory articles or peacock feathers in bulk.
- Don’t wear any footwear inside Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Jain places of worship. Some temples do not permot leather articles to be taken in.
- Don’t wear short’s, Sleeveless tops or revealing clothes in places of public worship.
- Yellow fever: Any person (including infants) arriving by air or sea without a certificate is detained in isolation for a period up to days if arriving within days of departing from an infected area.
- Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country excluding parts of the States of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim. NO certificate required, but a course of anti-malaria pills is recommended.
- Drinking water: Bottled water is available and usually provided in flasks in hotel rooms. For people with delicate digestive systems. It is advisable to use bottled mineral water, this is widely available.
- Facilities : It is advisable to bring specific medicines. There are state operated facilities in all towns and cities and private consultants and specialists in Urban areas.
- The official language is Hindi. English is Widely spoken.
- It is usual to tip waiters porters,guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bill.
- India’s currency is the Rupee, Abbreviated as Rs. One Rupee is equal to 100 Paise. Coins are in denominations of 10,25 & 50 Paise 1,2 &5 Rupees Notes are in denominations of Rs. 1,2,5,20,50,100,500 and 2000.
- A growing number of hotels, restaurants and shops are beginning to accept credit cards, the well known and more accepted ones being American Express, Access or Mastercards, Dinner club an visa.
- GMT + 5 ½ hours.
- Voltage in most places is 220 volts AC, 50 Cycles, although some areas also have DC Supplies.
Special advice for TIBET
Tibet is the highest land in the world. It is a common for most visitors in their first days of arrival in Tibet to experience some of the lighter symptoms of altitude sickness such as headache, occasional light nausea and sleeplessness these symtoms usually go away as the body acclimates.
Take it easy
The first day in Tibet should be taken easy. This is perhaps the most important pieceof advice. Travelers whose lifetime dream has always been to visit Tibet, are often overcome with excitement their first day in Tibet. One needs to consciously take it easy that the first day. This is the day to
Write post card and read. If you wake up at night feeling shortness of breath that is normal. So is sleeplessness, if you find it hard to go back to sleep, sit up a while, with your back straight to make it easier foe extending lungs capacity and concentrate on your breathing and posture.
Breath deeply. Remember, the reason why your body is going through all these changes is because there is less oxygen. For this reason light activity rather than total horizontal reat is the optimal practice because with activity comes increased respiration. That I s why, even though you may suffer from some sleeplessness, you should avoid all sleeping pills and sedatives and any medication that reduces respiration.
Like all tours in high attitude it is advisable to consult your Doctor before undertaking the journey.